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Taylor, Caldwell honored as top senior athletes at Columbus North

May 15, 2014
Columbus North High School

    Cody Taylor and Mackenzie Caldwell received top athletic honors during the Columbus North Senior Awards program Thursday (May 15).
     Taylor, a varsity letterman in swimming, was presented the Dr. Maurice McKain Mental Attitude Award after he demonstrating exemplary sportsmanship, mental attitude and scholarship throughout his four years at Columbus North.
     Caldwell, a varsity letterwinner in cross country and track & field, was the recipient of the Josephine Armuth Award that also takes sportsmanship, mental attitude and scholarship into consideration.
    Taylor, who is headed to Indiana University, is a two-time state champion and state record-holder in the 100-yard breaststroke. He won the 2014 title in the event in 54.24 seconds. He also was state runner-up in the 200 individual medley in 1:48.35 and helped the 200 free relay and 400 free relay to state runner-up finishes.
    As a junior, Taylor was state champ in the 100 breast in 55.25 and state runner-up in the 200 IM in 1:50.54. He also helped the 200 free relay to a second-place finish and the 400 free relay to a third-place finish at state in 2013.
    Taylor also earned a spot on USA Swimming's U.S. Junior National Team.
    Caldwell has excelled as a runner, and she still has her senior state-meet series to go in track. She has signed to attend the University of Colorado.
    In cross country, Caldwell was state-runner-up with a time of 17:56.8 in the 2013 state meet. As a junior, she placed fourth at state in 17:55.8. As a sophomore, Caldwell was fourth at state in 18:26.2. She holds the girls' cross country school record for 5,000 meters at 17:29.96.
    In track, Caldwell placed third in both the 1,600 and 3,200 in the 2013 IHSAA State Finals with respective times of 4:58.73 and 10:48.41. As a sophomore, Caldwell was sixth in the 3,200 at state in 10:47.71. She owns respective school records in her two events of 4:55.19 and 10:37.84.
    The awards are named after McKain, a former local physician for many years who served as Columbus High's team doctor and trainer in the 1930s, and Armuth, a longtime educator who gave years of dedicated service to Columbus High students.
    The McKain Award has been presented since 1940; the Armuth Award was initiated in 1974.
    Caldwell also was among 10 CNHS seniors who qualified for Senior Athletic Awards. This honor is presented to any senior who has earned six or more letters in at least two sports while a student in Grades 9-12.
    Joining Caldwell as Senior Athletic Award winners were Aly Bowman, Andy Carr, Kelsey Cunningham, Kaden Eaton, Kamal Maharjan, Haley Meek, Devon Roese, Gabby Sims and Luke Teague.

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